Sugar Molds - for Cupcakes and Decorations




About: I make cake for my friends and family occasionally as a hobby. I also enjoy crocheting.
Sweet versatile edible decoration for any holiday or birthday. The sky is the limit. There are so many molds to choose from online,at stores like Target,Michaels and cake supply stores. Heck, I even get alot of mine from the dollar store.

Ideas you can use your sugar molds for:

*cupcake toppers
*decorations for cakes
*decorations around the house
*seasonal decorations for parties
*cake dummies
*props for birthday parties
*seasonal gifts
*sugar cubes
*portion control your sugar (it would be so cute to have small fowers for your guests coffee for a nice brunch or dinner party)

Different kinds of molds:

silicone ice trays
metal molds
soap molds
plastic molds
chocolate molds
silicone molds
make your own molds     link here
shaped containers that candy was in see pic below-the bunny,heart
cake pans
character cake pans
even cookie cutters

Thank you for looking. Please check out my other instructables.

Step 1: All You Need Is a Few Things

mold of your choice

Optional items:
edible air brush paint
royal icing
luster dust
food gel coloring
heck you could probably even acrylic paint  or spray paint if you want to use it as a non edible decoration.

Step 2: Preparing the Sugar

 I have seen recipes that call for sugar, water, and cream of tarter. But you dont need the cream of tarter.I never use it. Save it for something else. All you have to do is pour the desired amount of sugar that you want to use into a bowl and add a little bit of water at a time. Mix really well and when the sugar feels like slightly damp sand and when you squeeze the sugar in your hand and open it and the sugar holds the shape of your fist being closed on it, you are ready to mold it.

If you want to dye your sugar before you mold it, add the food coloring in at the same time as you add the water. you will see little dark spots of color so mix real well or just make sure that those spots arent going to be seen on the mold. 

Step 3: Mold the Sugar

Grab your desired mold and start putting some sugar in it. Pack it in all over. Fill it about half way, then really push down to get it packed really tightly. Now add more, fill it to the top of the mold. Pack tightly. Make sure that the level of the sugar is flat with the top of the mold so that when you unmold it ,it doesnt "fall" a little and break. If it does break at this point just stuff it back in and try again.

Place a plate or cardboard or something flat against the sugar/mold then flip it over and now you can see the shape of your sugar mold. Let dry for at least 5 hours.I suggest overnight just to be on the safe side.

Step 4: Decorate As Desired

You can...

Airbrush it with edible airbrush paint

Cover it with frosting or royal icing and add lots of details

Use luster dust to give it soft colors (this method doesnt produce bold colors)

Piping gel and Wilton decorating icing in a tube also do good for small details.

Or maybe you already died the sugar before you molded it

I hope you have as much fun decorating with this method as much as I have.



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    22 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Can't wait to give this a try ?? thank you for sharing


    6 years ago on Step 3

    To clarify: you remove the mold immediately after flipping, then let the sugar dry and just be careful not to touch it?

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    yes. thank you for looking at my instructables, if you have any more questions feel free to ask.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I watched my mom do this 40+ years ago when she used to do a lot of cake decorating. She (and I) use the same technique as you illustrated, except I usually leave the sugar in the mold over night. There is much less chance of the sugar breaking apart when you de-mold it.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Altho not a big Martha Fan I do steal ideas from time to time and I was THRILLED to see that she had a Sugar Molded Easter Egg feature a few years back--you make a HOLLOW EGG with this--when I was a kid I had the most amazing hollow sugar eggs and have wanted to do them for my kids and now grandkids.

    The premise is to make two hollow egg shapes--use plastic eggs and press the same sugar dough in to a depth that you feel will be strong enough to not break--this will depend on the size of your mold. Make a half moon opening at one end of EACH egg shape. Use "Royal Frosting" to "glue" these together AFTER you make lovely scenes inside with miniature animals and little flowers etc---limited only by your imagination!!!---and then decorate with frosting. IF wrapped and cared for these can last forever--I had one with a small piece of thin rigid plastic over the opening held on with the frosting and I had it for maybe 15 years. Oh--you are supossed to peer into the opening to view the adorable scenes!

    Must find or make skull molds!!!!!


    6 years ago on Step 2

    How about adding the food coloring to the water before adding it to the sugar?

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    That is a good idea. I had never done that. So I just made a butterfly mold using a cookie cutter. I dyed the water and then mixed it with the sugar.


    It seemed to mix a little easier but the colors dont seem to be as bright.(keep in mind that I use soft gel paste food color from Americolor)

    Thank you for the question , I am sure I will use this method to dye the sugar from time to time.I will post a pic of the butterfly tomorrow once it is good and dry, so you can see the results. Do you mind if I mention your username when I update my instructable with your idea?


    6 years ago on Step 2

    The cream of tartar is probably to keep it all nice and stuck together in humid environments.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    The recipe for making Mexican sugar skulls calls for meringue powder added to the dry sugar before adding water. They dry rock hard and hold together for years. Now I'm wondering if the meringue powder if necessary.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    yes, with out the merengue powder they dry rock hard. i have merengue powder to make royal icing but i have never needed to use it on the plain sugar molds. i like to save money. : ) If you ever make it with out,please let me know if you think there is a need for the merengue powder . I did however leave one outside one time and the morning dew made it a little fragile for a couple of hours but i imagine thast would happen with or with out the m powder.thank you for your comment and please update me if you try it my way. ; )